Emotional Hoffmann Leads Bay Hill
It’s funny how grief can bring out the best in athletes sometimes.
It happened on Thursday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where Morgan Hoffman, four hours after learning his 97-year-old grandmother had passed away, fired a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead at Bay Hill.
His lead is a tenuous one over five of the best players in the game: Brandt Snedeker, Adam Scott, Billy Horschel, Keegan Bradley, and Hunter Mahan.
Buoyed by an eagle 3 on the par-5 No. 6, Hoffmann was 4-under at the turn and never hit a bogey on the day.
The other feel good story of Day 1 was that of Kevin Kisner, who found out Wednesday night he would be replacing Bubba Watson in the field as Watson traveled to a funeral.
Despite having never even been to Bay Hill, much less played it, Kisner shot a 3-under 69 on Thursday.